Thursday, June 5, 2014

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Black Rook

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Black Rook


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She never saw this coming…
Brynn Atwood is a low-level Magus whose unpredictable precognitive powers have made her an outcast among her people—and an embarrassment to her highly-regarded father. After a frightening vision in which her father is murdered by a loup garou man, Brynn decides to prove herself by finding the killer, and stopping them at any cost.

Her target is Rook McQueen, the son of a small-town loup garou Alpha. Despite being the youngest of three, Rook is first in line to inherit the role of Alpha, a duty he isn't sure he's capable of fulfilling. When Brynn finally meets Rook, she doesn't expect the attraction that draws her to him—and him to her.

No longer believing him a murderer, Brynn and Rook strike an alliance to find her father's real killer. But when his older brother is targeted by an unknown enemy, Rook will have to choose between his growing feelings for Brynn and his duty as the future Alpha of his community.

Our review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Vivacious Valkyrie - Marta:
*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

A new name to me and this is the first book in the Cornerstone Run trilogy. If you enjoy reading about wolf shifters, vampires and those with the power of Magic with a dash of romance then be sure to snap this up. An intruiging beginning to a world that twists and turns this looks set to be a very original and imaginative set of books and it's a delight to just dig in and wallow in this authors imagination.

Brynn is a Magus but as she's the second child her precognitive ability is quite weak and unpredictable . Brynn has grown up feeling very much an embarrassment to her powerful father but when she has a vision of him dying at the hands of one of the infamous loupe garou she refuses to just ignore it. She tracks down Rook the wolf from her vision but he's not the cold blooded murderer she expected and in fact she nearly kills him! Struggling to set differences aside there's just something about Brynn that Rook finds tantalising but Brynn is a very special type of woman. As the youngest son of the Alpha Rook has responsibilities but before he can find out what really makes Brynn tick there's a massacre that pulls Rook and his brothers Bishop and Knight into a world of danger. The events that follow will change everything the shifters had believed!

I found this to be fresh and completely different to other paranormal books out there. It is technically I suppose a paranormal romance, but it's easy to see that this author has a foot in urban fantasy. There's a lot of world building taking place here and arcs are being laid down that will surely be followed up in subsequent books. This is certainly a book that paints the wolf shifters in a good light but I'm keen to see more from the Magi and Vampire community as our heroine is a Magus and I've had liked to see more interaction with her peers.
Speaking of heroines, Brynn is quite a remarkable young woman. She has spent almost her entire life subjugated and often belittled and yet she has the strength to search out the wolves alone and quite literally beard them in their den! I have to admire her loyalty and commitment to her father even though it would seem he doesn't really deserve it. Rook is at a crossroads in his life as his entire future is in the balance. He is the youngest son of the Alpha and yet as a black wolf is perceived as one of the strongest and amidst all that turmoil he finds Brynn , a woman his pack would reject but whose very essence calls to him.

This book was a revelation . I never knew just what would happen next or how it would end and I loved that it wasn't predictable . Brynn deserves love and Rook is just so sweet with her. It's not the sexiest book I've read but that does not diminish the romance in any way. The supporting characters are so interesting and it's quite intense at times. Two more brothers left to find their happy ending but this story set amongst the loup garou is far from done. I look forward very much to the next book and hope that the author treats us to Bishop's story soon but confess to a soft spot for Knight!


Black Rook

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